stainless at January 12th, 2014 06:48 — #1
At the moment I am plagued by automated phone calls, PPI is the worse one, but I get all sorts of rubbish calls.
Normally it's an automated call, so all you can do is yell at the phone and hang up. (Though one guy turned his landline into a premium rate number and is making money from them)
This morning it was a real human. 09.30 Sunday morning, not a good time to call me. The conversation went something like this.
Good morning Sir, how would you like to save money on your home heating bills?
You think you can save me money?
Yes Sir, in fact we guarantee it !
That's a bold statement.
It's what we do Sir.
Don't call me Sir, I work for a living
Sorry... Mr Blythe
Well if you are so sure you can save me money, how about a side bet?
S... Mr Blythe?
If you are so sure you can save me money, and you guarantee it after all, how about I bet you £1000 you can't
There then followed about 15 minutes of discussion. I guess he wanted to be in the office on a Sunday morning making nuisance phone calls as much as I wanted to be receiving them. In the end he agreed. Conversation continued.
So now we have the bet in place, how are you going to save me money?
We work with the gas suppliers to get the best possible price, and we can even get you a new efficient gas boiler....
Don't use gas.
No problem Mr Blythe, we do the same deal with the electricity suppli....
Don't use electric
...... what do you use then?
- hang up
I don't hold out any hope for my £1000, but I really doubt they will be phoning me again.
fireside at January 12th, 2014 07:26 — #2
I actually made 45 dollars from them from a law suit that somehow had my name on the mailing list. Right now I'm just being called by the charities. They've kind of ruined it for themselves because I know if I give them any money at all, I will be hounded for the rest of my life because then my name goes on the very current sucker list. I bought something from these handicapped people once, but it turned out handicapped meant they wore glasses. The overpriced trash bags they sold me rip all the time and I've had them forever because I hate them.
thenut at January 12th, 2014 11:42 — #3
"Don’t call me Sir, I work for a living", haha. Personally I would have told him I use industrial craft's water mill generators to power my house. It only costs 4 wooden sticks and blocks. If he's a savvy gamer, he'll realize he's been jested.
stainless at January 13th, 2014 03:28 — #4
I actually do use geothermal. That's the real funny bit.
The complex I live in has a geothermal plant built into it.
vilem_otte at January 13th, 2014 05:56 — #5
Haha, this made my day. I'd try contacting phone services about information about the call - as you clearly made a bet in it, which is an agreement (and in our country, agreement over phone is an agreement), also most phone calls are stored for I think 2 or 4 weeks, so you could clearly start a lawsuit against them in my country.
reedbeta at January 13th, 2014 12:51 — #6
For sure the guy who made the call would lose his job over it, though, and that would just be mean. Stainless had his fun already, no need to get lawyers involved.
stainless at January 13th, 2014 16:16 — #7
vilem_otte at January 14th, 2014 13:52 — #8
Almost forgot to reply...
well I didn't mean to sound like a ****. I honestly never actually did that (I just mute sound and let them try to catch me), but I know a man who actually put them to court. He was receiving like 3 or 4 calls like this daily for almost a month.
Being him, I probably would do the same, it would just become too annoying.